AgSense: Good crops still possible with little rain

By Mark Marsalis Farmers in eastern New Mexico have received little or no precipitation since fall of 2010. In addition, irrigation quantity and seasonal availability are becoming severely limited in the region with each passing year. Consequently, local dryland farmers are facing a no-plant situation for grain crops and irrigated farmers are not sure if [...]

Crop summary for the week ending March 8, 2009

NEW MEXICO: Alfalfa was 4% poor, 40% fair and 56% good. Winter wheat was 30% very poor, 36% poor, 18% fair, 12%good, and 4% excellent with 52% grazed. Lettuce was 40% good and 60% excellent. Chile was 4% planted. Onion was29% fair, 34% good and 37% excellent with 70% planted. Cattle were 3% very poor, [...]

Weekly Agriculture update

Dryland wheat acres down

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ Staff Writer The weekend’s rain brought some relief for a thirsty dryland wheat crop, but not enough to make a difference, officials said. The precipitation Saturday brought the year’s total to .24 inches, which is about half of the historical average of .49 inches for the first six weeks of the [...]

Oct. 19, 1932

County Treasurer Chas. H. Evans was preparing tax statements for the 1932 tax year and said they would be mailed to county taxpayers soon. … Salvation Army Capt. Edgar C. Davis said a patch of turnips planted on the city’s farm had yielded more than enough to supply demands and the remainder would be given [...]

Clovis native served as head of state historical society

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not too many people will remember Roland F. Dickey. He was famous to us historians. He was born in Clovis in 1914, grew up here, and moved away in 1934. His father, Albert Lull Dickey, homesteaded in 1906, “two miles north of Clovis.” That’s right off Prince and East Manana now, [...]

Reporter’s notebook: Staff sergeant’s green thumb produces prize winning flower

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer With her new home at Cannon Air Force Base came a new yard. The urge to garden was almost immediate, said Marilisa Porter, an Air Force staff sergeant who moved to Clovis about a year and a half ago. “I thought, well, heck, this is the first time I [...]

Hummers have happy home

By Michelle Seeber Gardener delights in turning Clovis yard into a colorful paradise. Hummingbirds love Betty Dunlap’s yard. They swarm to her gardens of hibiscus flowers and honeysuckle plants. “I put out about 20 hummingbird feeders a year,” Dunlap said. Dunlap, 69, is one of 15 members that make up the Encanto Garden Club in [...]

With God, we can reap much of life’s fruit

Judy Brandon As planting season approaches, I think about the year that Annie, John Scott, Buffy, and I tackled planting a garden. The children were all small and I have to admit that sometimes their “help” made things a bit more difficult. We chose a spot in the backyard. We raked clear all the winter [...]